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Backlogging from last night.
I should preface my note on this by saying that there is a fair amount of disagreement over this tea in my household. In my opinion, it’s absolutely wonderful. However, others have found it to be overly strong and bitter. So, it is not a tea for everyone.
That said, it brews a strong, rich black tea. It can, I suppose, be a little on the bitter side (don’t leave the tea bags or strainer sitting in the pot all afternoon), but I drink it with milk and sugar and find the taste to be quite nice. It’s particularly pleasant on cold rainy days – it certainly warms you right up.
A bit of tummy lurgy tonight. BIG mug with lots of honey. Crisis averted.
The local Welsh Association sold this for fundraising. A much more healthful purchase than the Butteryball Butter Shortbread, to be sure.
The color is a DARK red brown, even though I used ice to make it cold and weaker. I can smell peat moss and Ceylon tea from ten feet away.
I took a sip and nearly choked. This tea tried to strangle me! I definately can see exhausted Welsh coalminers drinking this then jumping up and digging tunnel straight to China! It’s bitter and with a general “Indian black blend” taste similar to Irish Breakfast, very well suited as an eyeopener. I don’t think I’ll drink this for enjoyment, though.
I have been woefully absent from Steepster (and Twitter) as of late. Goodness, I can’t even think about how long it’s been since I’ve updated my blog. My tea drinking has suffered tremendously too – which we all know is a VERY. BAD. THING. ;) I hadn’t abandoned my tea entirely, it’s just that with all the stress and whatnot, I was reaching for some old favourites, and more recently, a new favourite as well. While my all time favourite has been Yorkshire Gold, a tea that I reach for during times of illness, stress, heartache, or (dare I say it?) sheer laziness – ok, is laziness really the right word? Maybe yes, maybe no. It isn’t wrong to want a tea that is no fuss, no muss, and will bring you the happy, soothing feelings, right?Anyway, a couple of months ago, (perhaps less than that – my concept of time tends to vary wildly lol) I discovered Glengettie tea from Wales. I purchased it at the time because I love all things Welsh, (and I was absolutely charmed by the fact that the writing on the box is in both English and Welsh – yay!) but after the first cup, I was sold! Pretty much every cup that I’ve ingested since my absence from Steepster has been Glengettie. I’ve been brewing it strong, and adding massive wallops of honey in it (see my Yorkshire Gold brewing scale based on emotional/physical need review) and it has been just what I have needed.
I confess that over the past months, I haven’t been paying too close attention to the notes of it, other than it’s got a nice kick when you brew it for a long time, and is on the malty side – similar to Irish breakfast, which I love. Honestly, with the amount of honey that I’ve been adding to the brew, it’s a wonder I can taste anything at all – but I can, and the overall effect is hearty, and comforting – just what I need. I can see why it has been a favourite of the Welsh for so long – it brews up dark, rich and hale.